Huskies Advance To Tournament Championship
March 3, 2012
STOCKTON, Calif. - With two wins in the Louisville Slugger Invitational in Stockton, Calif., on Saturday, the No. 4/3 Washington softball team improved to 18-1 on the season, defeating Pacific 5-4 and Delaware 5-0.
"In today's games we didn't play very aggressively," said senior Nikia Williams. "We did some good things both offensively and defensively but moving forward we have go to play Husky softball from start to finish. Most importantly we got two more wins."
UW will play in the Louisville Slugger Invite Championship on Sunday 12:15 p.m., against the winner of the second semifinal between Pacific and Sacramento State. Live stats and video can be found on the tournament webpage: http://pacifictigers.com/sports/w-softbl/2011-12/tournaments/louisville_slugger/louisville_slugger.html.
Game One - No. 4/3 UW 5, Pacific 4
Pacific took a 1-0 lead in the second as Nicole Matson scored on a single up the middle by Megan Foglesong.
The Huskies responded in the next two innings with three runs. In the third, Williams (Mission Viejo, Calif.) walked and scored the tying run on a double to left center by junior Jerrin Fa'asua (Oceanside, Calif.). Fa'asua scored on a throwing error by the Tigers shortstop.
One more run came from UW in the top of the fourth as sophomore Victoria Hayward (Mountain View, Calif.) scored on a double down the left field line by Williams.
In the bottom of the fourth, Pacific tied the game at 3-3 as Gabby Goyette and Matson scored on a Husky error.
A solo home run in the top of the fifth by freshman Kylee Lahners (Laguna Hills, Calif.) put UW back on top, 4-3.
Once again, Pacific tied the game in the sixth at 4-4, as Taylor Petty scored on another UW error.
UW scored the winning run in the seventh on the third error of the game by Pacific as Fa'asua touched home plate on freshman Courtney Gano's (West Covina, Calif.) at bat.
Sophomore Kaitlin Inglesby (Portland, Ore.) got the start in the circle and pitched the complete game, improving to 10-0. She allowed three earned runs on four hits, with three walks and three strikeouts.
Nikki Armagost got the start for Pacific, giving up five hits and two earned runs in 4.0 innings. Dani Bonnet took the loss and is no 3-2 overall. She allowed one earned run on two hits in 3.0 innings.
The Huskies had seven hits in the game total, led by Hayward and Fa'asua with two each.
Game Two - No. 4/3 UW 5, Delaware 0
The Huskies scored three times in the third and twice in the fifth for the 5-0 victory against Delaware. Junior Lindsay Monk (Menifee, Calif.) got the start behind the plate and scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly to right field by sophomore Whitney Jones (Upland, Calif.). Freshman Kimberlee Souza (Waialua, Hawai'i) and Hayward scored on a single by Williams.
A two-run home run by Williams in the fifth gave UW its final two runs of the game.
Freshman Kasey Stanchek (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) got the start in the circle and improved to 5-0, allowing just three hits and striking out a career-best 12.